John "Johnny" Rider, MS, OTR/L, MSCS, CEAS, CPAM

Assistant Professor
John Rider
School of Occupational Therapy
(702) 777-4837

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Professor Rider joined Touro University in July of 2017 as an adjunct professor, and in February of 2018, he joined as a full-time faculty member. He is an alumni of Touro University Nevada’s Occupational Therapy program and his positive experience led him to return as an assistant professor. His clinical expertise is in orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation. He has primarily practiced in rural areas of Southern Nevada with experience in outpatient/inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, school-based, early intervention, and home health and hospice. Professor Rider has advanced training in areas such as ergonomics, physical agent modalities, concussion management, vestibular rehabilitation, manual techniques, orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation, human movement, and pain rehabilitation.

Professor Rider’s research interests are broadly within the realm of physical medicine and rehabilitation. His current research is focused on increasing our understanding of avoidance behavior due to fear of falling. He holds a position as a visiting researcher at the Cleveland Clinic – Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, where he is also actively engaged in research on neurological rehabilitation, with an emphasis on improving evaluation and treatment when working with neurodegenerative disorders and acquired brain injuries. Professor Rider also has an interest in interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation, interventions for geriatric mental health disorders across practice settings, lifestyle medicine for chronic conditions, and health behavior change.

Professor Rider is involved in the community as an instructor for evidence-based fall prevention programs such as Stepping On and Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance. Additionally, he is involved in adapted sports, runs a community-based seating and mobility clinic, and volunteers with the local quad rugby team.

Professor Rider received his Bachelor of Arts in Deaf Studies and Linguistics from Utah Valley University in 2011 and is a nationally certified American Sign Language Interpreter. He received his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Touro University Nevada in 2015. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in the Interdisciplinary Health Science program with an emphasis on Rehabilitation Science. His dissertation focuses on understanding activity avoidance due to fear of falling in older adults and those with neurodegenerative disorders to improve evaluation and treatment outcomes.

Multiple Sclerosis Certified Specialist (MSCS) by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (2020)
Human Movement Specialist (HMS) by the Brookbush Institute of Human Movement Science (2020)   
Certified Empowered Relief TM Instructor by Stanford Medicine, Stanford University (2020)
ImPACT Trained Occupational Therapist in Post-Concussion Management by ImPACT Applications, Inc. (2019)
FMT Movement Specialist by RockTape (2019)
Stepping On Master Trainer by Wisconsin Institute for Health Aging (2019)
Credentialed, Physical Agent Modalities (CPAM) by the Physical Agent modalities Practitioner Credentialing Agency, LLC (2019)
Vestibular Rehabilitation Certificate by Medbridge Education and PESI
Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance Level 1 Community Instructor by Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance (2018)
Graston Technique MI Preferred Provider by Graston Technique Movement Center (2016)
Stepping On Workshop Leader by Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (2015)
Carfit Technician (2014)
Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist by The Back School (2014)

Occupational Therapist – State of Nevada and Arizona Board of Occupational Therapy,
Nevada License #15-0601, Arizona License #006338
American Sign Language Interpreter – Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf,
License #61002

OTDV 514 (Human Structure and Occupation – 5 credits)
OTDV 528A (Occupational Therapy for Neurological Conditions – 1 credit)
OTDV 637 (Occupation Skills lab for Adults – 2 credits)
OTDV 657A&B (Integration of Learning in Occupational Therapy – 3 credits)
OTDV 504 (Introduction to Quantitative and Qualitative Research - 2 credits)

Professor Rider is currently studying activity avoidance due to fear of falling to inform clinical practice, reduce falls, and improve quality of life. Additionally, he is involved in projects related to neurological rehabilitation with an emphasis on improving evaluation and treatment when working with neurodegenerative disorders as well as traumatic brain injuries and cerebral vascular accidents. Professor Rider holds a visiting researcher appointment at the Cleveland Clinic - Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Professor Rider is also involved in ongoing research projects with chronic pain management, pain catastrophizing, functional cognition, fall prevention strategies, geriatric mental health, occupational therapy’s role in primary care, and lifestyle medicine.

Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation Scholarship - Foundation of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers, $2,500 for MS Rehabilitation Specialty Training Program Fellowship
Researcher for the Future, Awarded by the Nevada Occupational Therapy Association at the 2019 Annual Conference

American Occupational Therapy Association
Nevada and Arizona Occupational Therapy Associations
Nevada Goes Falls Free Coalition
American Association of Anatomists
Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf